GREELEY, Colo. - In her first season as head coach at Northern Colorado, Kelly McClanahan did not shy away from a tough schedule for the swimming & diving program.
The Bears kickoff the season with a Blue & Gold scrimmage on Sept. 25 and host an alumnae meet on Oct. 10 during Homecoming Week festivities. Both of the regular season meets hosted in the Butler-Hancock Pool will come against Mountain West competition as the Bears host Colorado State on Nov. 6 and San Diego State on Jan. 30.
"This is a very challenging schedule," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "We have several winnable meets on the docket and are looking forward to pushing ourselves against some of the best teams in the nation. Every meet we compete in will help us prepare for one of the toughest conference meets in the country in Conference USA."
The first three competitions of the year will also come against Mountain West foes as Oct. 23 Northern Colorado takes on the Air Force Academy and TCU in Colorado Springs. Oct. 29 the Bears will compete in the New Mexico Relays before taking on New Mexico State and Northern Arizona the next two days in Las Cruces.
NC also faces Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, Nebraska and East Carolina throughout the season.
For the third straight year, Northern Colorado will be an associate member of Conference USA, swimming at the conference championships in Houston Feb. 24-27. The team also returns to Florida for winter training during the break between semesters after a one-year hiatus.